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Bela Lugosi Meets a Brooklyn Gorilla

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Bela Lugosi Meets a Brooklyn Gorilla

Published 1952

Entertainers Duke Mitchell and Sammy Petrillo parachute into the jungles of the Pacific island of Cola-Cola, where they meet primitive tribesmen, the chief's sarong-clad daughter Nona, and mad scientist Dr. Zabor (Bela Lugosi) conducting experiments in evolution.
Jealous of Mitchell's relations with Nona, Zabor has just the thing to make a monkey of him...

Run time 74 min
Producer Maurice Duke
Production Company Jack Broder Productions Inc.
Audio/Visual sound, black & white
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Reviewer: tbragg - favoritefavorite - February 10, 2015
Subject: No worse than a lot of 50s television
Watch any variety show from the era and you'll see hammy, stupid and politically incorrect crapola like this. Not particularly funny and loaded with cliches, but kind of a fascinating look at some gutbucket 50s "entertainment." It's easy to imagine these two guys hamming it up in mob-owned Vegas.
Reviewer: cosmico - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 14, 2012
Subject: "Watch out for bats!"
This movie is producer Jack Broder's shining hour!

It may be cheap and cheesy, but it made me laugh myself sick the first time I saw it, partly from the absurdity of the Martin and Lewis ripoff (especially Sammy Petrillo's uncanny Jerry Lewis impersonation), but also the crazy natives and their linguistics, the delightfully funny chubby native gal, and of course poor sad Bela picking up his check. And you can't have a crappy mid-20th century horror or horror-comedy film without a moth-eaten gorilla suit on the scene.

Don't expect anything at all and you should get a few laughs out of this nutty train wreck of a movie. It's got bigger laughs than most of the other Lugosi films, certainly more fun than anything Martin and Lewis ever did on film, and it's a Halloween staple around here. Pizza, root beer, and candy corn are a must as well.
Reviewer: mondofilm - favorite - October 13, 2012
Subject: Triva
Just a bit of triva- When you watch THE BRAIN THAT WOULDN'T DIE look for Saamy Petrillo as one of the men snapping photos of the model at her studio.
Reviewer: debra71 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 13, 2011
Subject: Lugosi and Lewis
I watched this movie because i wanted to see Bela Lugosi's part. Boy, Lewis looks very young here. I thought Bela did his role well, and he seems as natural in comedies as in dramas/horror.
This was a cute movie if somewhat silly. *Best part for me was Lugosi.
Reviewer: mrbelette - - April 23, 2011
Subject: The Martin and Lewis road movies. Oh ! Really ?
Reviewer: billbarstad - - June 6, 2010
Subject: The Road To Ripoff
This is a bad attempt to piggyback on the success of The Martin and Lewis road movies.

The Martin & Lewis road movies ???????????? Are you living in a parallel world or what ???????
Reviewer: stingrayfilms - favoritefavorite - October 31, 2010
Subject: Worth seeing for Lugosi -- and the surprise ending
If anything, this is another testament to Lugosi's professionalism. No matter how lousy the film, he always gave a good performance.

Mitchell & Petrillo were a poor man's Martin & Lewis. (Very poor.) Lewis was grating enough, but Petrillo is unbearable. And Mitchell is no Dean Martin (he sounds like Tony Curtis). Huntz Hall visited Lugosi on the set and asked what he thought of Mitchell & Petrillo. Lugosi answered: "They're scum".
Reviewer: nigeldavahah - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 12, 2010
Subject: i watched this
Reviewer: billbarstad - favoritefavorite - June 6, 2010
Subject: The Road To Ripoff
This is a bad attempt to piggyback on the success of The Martin and Lewis road movies.
Reviewer: doowopbob - favorite - March 3, 2010
Subject: The End....
This Is Awful..Petrillo Is More Than Annoying, He's Asnine..!..Jerry Lewis Sued Them..Exit Those Two Quick Buck Morons..!..But Then Again I Found Lewis Annoying & Condesending..France Can Have Him..!..Give Me Keaton, Laurel & Hardy & Abbott And Costello Anytime..Chaplin..?..Ehh..I'll Give You City Lights..Best Thing He Ever Did..!
Reviewer: katpooh9 - favoritefavorite - December 2, 2009
Subject: Ick
I watched this all the way through only because I like Bela Lugosi. The "comic" character Sammy was not funny. He was annoying and irritating. Any actual funny scenes were sparse. I have a sense of humor and I laughed only twice. If you want to see two real comics, a jungle princess and a gorilla, 'The Road To Bali' is a heck of a lot better.
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